Holker Hall (pronounced Hooker by some) is a privately owned country house located about 2 km to the southwest of the village of Cartmel in the ceremonial county of Cumbria and historic county of Lancashire, England. It is "the grandest [building] of its date in Lancashire ...by the best architects then living in the county." The building dates from the 16th century, with alterations, additions, and rebuilding in the 18th and 19th centuries. The 19th century rebuilding was by George Webster in Jacobean Revival style and subsequent renovations were by E. G. Paley. Hubert Austin had a joint practice with Paley by the 1870s and they both rebuilt the west wing after it was destroyed by a major fire in 1871, only a decade after Paley's previous work on the structure. The fire also destroyed a number of notable artworks. Holker Hall is Paley and Austin's "most important country house commission." The architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner expressed the opinion that the west wing is the "outstanding domestic work" of Paley and Austin. In 1970 the hall itself, together with its terrace wall, were designated Grade II* Listed buildings. The house stands in an estate of about 80 hectares, and is surrounded by formal gardens, parkland and woodland. Within the grounds are six structures listed at Grade II.
Since becoming a private house following the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the estate has never been sold, having passed by inheritance from the Preston family to the Lowther family, and then to the Cavendish family. The house and grounds are open to the public at advertised times on payment of an admission fee.
|Wednesday||10:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
Louise Neal | Apr 5, 2018
Interesting country house. Lovely gift shop and tea room at affordable prices. Set in lovely grounds
Morgwn | Apr 19, 2018
The grounds are gorgeous along with the house and garden. Even if you just go to the grounds for a nice stroll, it's a worthwhile visit.
Rosemary Wilkinson | Apr 5, 2018
Beautiful setting, knowledgeable staff and lovely food. Highly recommended!
Andrew Tabern | Apr 10, 2018
Lovely house with nice walks around the grounds been visiting here for years.
Thelma Stephens | Sep 21, 2017
Beautiful gardens loved the topiary. Only part of the hall is open to the public. The 16 century part is still lived in and not open to the public. Entrance fee for Hall and garden reasonable but car parking is free. Most areas are wheelchair accessible.
Roland Clarke | Apr 24, 2018
Beautiful gardens. Lovely house. No cordons and not darkened for conservation reasons like other places. Has a bright, lived-in feel. Guides sre very keen to share knowledge. Nice cafe and little food hall. Also has restaurant and shop. Enjoyed my day!
David Staines | May 15, 2018
One of the best days out we have had. Great gardens, Great Café. And very friendly and helpful staff. You can wander around the House like it's in the family. Not sure if you can make yourself at home, but the House is Lovely.
Lee Giacopazzi | May 8, 2018
We ventured into the gardens to snap a few photos to subsequently find our entrance locked. No wonder the gardens were so quiet. We had to climb over a small wall to get out. Highly recommended!
Karen Kemp | May 8, 2018
We did the hall and gardens last year it was good. Look out for the elephant hedges. Went back this year for the shop.
Dave W | May 20, 2018
Had a Thai Yellow curry very yummy. Good ornate garden a good half a day experience.
Paul Shepherdson | Jun 28, 2018
Lovely staff and beautiful garden's. We went in the peak of summer. 30c degree heat and was very happy that ice-cream was on offer for a reasonable price. We didn't go into the hall but it looked great from the outside. Worth a visit if your in the area.
Penny Paisley | Jun 11, 2018
Only visited the gardens but they were stunning. The wisteria and roses were particularly fabulous. Cafe was good too, although service slow despite not being that busy. Maybe a separate place to pay for those who only want drinks and cake could help? We ordered a one course lunch, which took a while to log into the system, and felt embarrassed holding everyone up. Overall a great afternoon out, esp as the sun was shining.
Elaine Novak | Jun 8, 2018
Beautiful house and gardens. One of the best we've ever visited. The guides are very good there too. It's 25 acres of stunning flowers and scenery.
Rachel Crawford | Jul 21, 2018
Great house and gardens, tickets are for variable entry to only house, only gardens or both. The prices are quite high for entry. There is a lovely tea room again prices are high for what's on offer. The entrance if hard to find could he better sign posted. Wheelchair access is limited in the house and variable in the gardens but good in the cafe and shop.
Graham & Mel Brown | Jul 10, 2018
Lovely spot, helped by the weather when we visited. We toured the gardens only, not the house. We also visited the Ilex restaurant. The gardens are beautiful, and well worth spending some time exploring. The restaurant was not impressive, but did the job.
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